University of Vermont

College of
Agriculture and Life Sciences

Department of Plant and Soil Science

Sustainable Landscape Horticulture Degree

Endorse a healthier environment with the beauty and utility of plants. Gain professional training in landscape design and plant sciences along with courses in business and liberal arts. Choose trees, shrubs, and lawn grasses that match conditions of the local environment. Design landscapes that provide environmental services of soil conservation, water purification, and nutrient management. These are among the skills and areas of knowledge you’ll develop as a Sustainable Landscape Horticulture student.

Program overview

The Sustainable Landscape Horticulture major integrates plant sciences, landscape design, business, and liberal arts. The curriculum is designed to provide students with multifaceted skills to help them succeed in the demanding horticulture industry of the 21st century. Our faculty advisors help students select courses and develop learning experiences that match their interests and career goals.

All students who enroll in the major complete the basic core curriculum for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS), which includes communication and technology courses. In addition, students complete courses within the major, such as plant biology, ecology, plant and soil science, forestry, landscape design, agricultural economics, and small business management.

Internships and Research

Because our faculty interacts with professional landscape design firms, landscape management companies, as well as public and private gardens, there are many opportunities for off-campus internships where our students put skills to use, earn credit, and improve employment prospects. Students have worked at arboreta, botanical gardens, parks, garden centers, and nurseries to gain valuable experience and contacts.
As an undergraduate, you will also have opportunities to work with College and Agriculture and Life Sciences faculty doing research in campus laboratories, in the field at our 97-acre Horticultural Research Center, or in our state-of-the-art greenhouses. Students may also elect to join one of several clubs on campus for more experience.

Career opportunities

With a degree in Sustainable Landscape Horticulture, students may pursue a career in landscape design, contracting and management, urban forestry, owning and operating a landscaping or nursery business, or in garden center management.  Students may also go on to work for state and federal organizations including local park and recreation organizations or as part of urban renewal projects, just to name a few.

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